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Customers eagerly await the arrival of TiVo's next-generation Series 3 which brings CableCARD support

We reported earlier this year around CES that TiVo was working on its next generation of boxes called the series 3. What got people excited was that according to TiVo, the new Series 3 will come with support for CableCARD which lets you grab high definition content over digital cable without expensive hardware proprietary to the cable provider.

Engadget is reporting that TiVo is now in beta testing stages of testing the new Series 3. Earlier this year TiVo CEO Mike Ramsey said that customers can expect the new box to show up "early" in 2006. No new date has been set however, but customers are eagerly awaiting. TiVo is currently also working on launching a new service it is dubbing Tahiti, which will connect users on the go with their TiVo content sitting at home. Microsoft is also working on similar services to allow Windows Mobile users to connect to their Media Centers at home.

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While Stephen was not able to disclose any information on Series 3 shipping dates (the product is currently believed to be in outside beta testing, which was not denied), he added that they will release it “when it is ready.”

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Why would I buy this?
By kkwst2 on 2/16/2006 10:32:42 PM , Rating: 2
I love my ReplayTV. I got a refurb with a lifetime subscription. But now I'm looking for HD.

The thing is, I can get a Motorola cable box for $10/month from my cable complany that has HD recording capability. So why would I pay for a Tivo and then pay the $12/month or whatever it is they charge? I know the Tivo software is better, but I'm not sure it's that much better.

Am I missing something? I really have a hard time believing that many people are going to pay that much extra just to have Tivo. Tivo needs to make deals with cable companies, or I think they're going to be hurting.

RE: Why would I buy this?
By Doormat on 2/17/2006 12:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
The main reason is that the TiVo is far far far more versetile than your average HD DVR from your cable company. Tivo has lots of other features - TiVo to Go, HME, internet-based scheduling, etc. Things you'll never see out of your cable co's DVR. They just pushed down an update for things like games (simple games to play on your TV with your remote), listen to Live365 radio stations, podcasts, Yahoo! integration, etc. The S3 HD TiVo might support videocasts too - imagine watching videocasts over the net from DL.TV or some place like that.

RE: Why would I buy this?
By kkwst2 on 2/18/2006 8:08:12 PM , Rating: 3
I understand that it's more versatile. But my point is that I don't think that's enough for most people to shell out $500 or whatever it is to get those features. There's nothing in there that I would pay that much for over my cable company DVR. Especially since CableCard will be coming the HTPC's soon. I'd rather spend the $500 on a better HTPC, as that's going to be much more versatile than anything TiVo might push.

Maybe I'm off base, but I just don't see a long-term future for TiVo unless they can make deals with more cable companies and/or satellite companies.

RE: Why would I buy this?
By Lakku on 3/14/2006 10:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly. Later this year ATi is releasing their CableCard product, which should combine with/replace their HDTV Wonder. On a side note, I hope they keep the antenna for local broadcasts, as Time Warner HDTV is the worst offering of channels I have ever seen. Anyway, an HTPC with Vista Ultimate or Home Pro (the ones with the media center) will be far more versatile then any TiVo. Not to mention, with an ATi card with Avivo and/or a TV Wonder Elite, you can get a much better video processor to clean up the image and the play back video files, along with the live feed itself. All for less then 1k.

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